Why Should I plant Kohlrabi?
When I mention kohlrabi so many people are like huh? What did you say? kohlrabi what?
And this further solidified my excitement to write this post.
Kohlrabi is actually very easy for us to grow in Coastal North Carolina we are in gardening zone 8b. I want to share about how to grow it and how to cook it so you can grow your own and eat it’s deliciousness as well! Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family…who knew? I love doing research on vegetables that I grow in the garden because I learn more as I go along.
We typically plant Kohlrabi in well-drained soil by seed and seriously in about 45 days we end up with a nice big fat kohlrabi root vegetable. It’s a lot like a turnip but it’s not. It’s a fantastic vegetable to grow with children because like radishes and green beans you get a pretty fast turn around and they get to see their efforts pay off.
-It’s easy to grow!
-It’s chock full of nutrition – minerals like copper, potassium, manganese, iron and calcium, as well as vitamins, such as Vitamin C, B-Complex vitamins, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K.
-This vegetable has been likened to have an “apple taste” so it could be just the sweet crunch you are looking for in salads!
-We grow ours like beets; they are both fantastic for succession planting.
-They are versatile and are delicious to eat raw and cooked!
Some Tips To Grow Kohlrabi:
-I am starting my seeds for kohlrabi right now for Coastal NC Zone 8b. I am probably a little behind on this for this year but keep your fingers crossed for me!
-This way I can set my plants outside about 4 weeks or so before our last frost.
-Plants need room and you will want to keep them about 10″ apart.
-Keep them evenly watered and make sure they are in soil that provides good drainage.
-They love compost so make sure to mulch them with some nice wonderful smelling compost!
Harvesting & Storage Tips:
-You will want to harvest the stems of your kohlrabi while they are still young – Look for the base to be about 2″ in diameter or so.
-Cut the kohlrabi at the stem and leave the stem/root in the ground.
-You can store them in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks.
So how do you cook this root vegetable up?
Also since now you know that kohlrabi is easy to grow…..
You will want to cook us this yummy, easy, vegetable and so I asked some popular bloggers from around the web to share some recipes with all of you!
Thank you to the following bloggers for sharing their recipes with us! Oh my goodness you have to go check those links out their food photos will make you completely want to go plant and cook some kohlrabi up…Wow!
Also head over to my good friend Mr. CBB’s blog with his wonderful post about fall gardening to learn more about this delicious plant! I know I like to read several blog posts about the same subject to get different perspectives!
I so enjoyed sharing about kohlrabi with you this wonderful, versatile plant! I soon hope to share my own harvest to table recipes on this amazing vegetable with all of you!
I wish you all a beautiful week! Until next time….